East Precinct officers arrested a 17-year-old robber near Cal Anderson Park early Friday morning after he pulled a gun and fired a shot, leaving one victim with a grazing gunshot wound to his head.
The two victims were hanging out in the park around 1 AM near the baseball fields when a group of four or five men and one woman cornered them in the field’s dugout.
The 17-year-old suspect then pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victims and demanded their wallets.
As one of the victims handed over his wallet and cellphone, the suspect fired one shot, grazing the victim’s head.
Officers patrolling near Cal Anderson heard the gunshot and sped to the scene, where they saw the group of suspects running through the park.
The 17-year-old broke off from the group and led police on a brief foot chase before officers took him into custody.
The teen suspect was still carrying the victim’s wallet and cellphone when officers caught up to him. Police also found his handgun, which he’d ditched near the park.
Seattle Fire Department personnel treated the injured victim’s thankfully minor injuries at the scene. Officers also returned the stolen cellphone and wallet to the man.
Officers booked the teen suspect into the King County Youth Service Center for Investigation of Robbery.